National Coach Steve Glasson is back at it again, putting figurative pen to paper to keep everyone informed of the Australian Jackaroos’ progress over in the Northern Hemisphere at the Welsh 10-Nations competition.
We are into the third week of our UK tour and following a well deserved rest day yesterday, it was action a plenty today with the reverse disciplines kick starting the last leg or our fabulous tour.
It has to be said, the Jackaroos are very thankful to our major stakeholders; the Australian Institute of Sport and Commonwealth Games Australia for the ongoing support we receive, helping us develop and support our current and future stars of the sport.
This morning’s session, based on results, was probably our worst of the tour, however it’s fair to say, it was also an invaluable lesson in character building, tactics, team work and understanding of the local conditions.
Fortunately, the day did improve…
In the Men’s Singles, Aaron Teys came up against Irish regular and good guy, Gary Kelly, and it went down to the wire with Kelly taking the points, 21-19.
In round two, it was another contest between Australia and Malaysia however as good as both players performed, it was Malaysia who took the honours in a sublime performance, 21-12.
In the final fixture, Australia took on Canada, with the green and gold contingent taking the honours,21 -15.
For “Teysie” to get through to the knockout rounds, he will need to beat Namibia in the morning and then await some other results.
It’s fair to say Aaron was involved in some great matches today against quality opposition however may look back upon Lady Luck and ask a “polite question”?
In the Women’s Pairs, Ellen Ryan and Kelsey Cottrell were provided the task of seeing Australia through to the knock out rounds come Friday.
Well done to the duo, with two wins from two starts plus a bye leaving them well placed and now they have had solid run home with matches against Cymru Wales and South Africa, which we will all look forward to.
Slightly slow starts sparked them into action and it would be reasonable to suggest they were our best on ground today.
Women’s Triples Kristina Krstic, Chloe Stewart and Rebecca Van Asch faced an in-form Malaysian trio first up and the Malaysians handled the conditions better than us to score a great, confidence boosting win going into the second round.
The Jackaroos trio had to cool their heals after game one, due to a second round bye, so a visit to the nearby beach-side fun-park provided the right dose of medicine, ahead of a third round contest.
Up against a very good Welsh team in the final session today, the Jackaroos put their foot down and played a great game to register a 22-8 victory.
Last but by no means least, our Men’s Fours team of Jesse Noronha, Corey Wedlock, Ben Twist and Aaron Wilson also endured a tough day with three difficult encounters, against Namibia, Wales and Ireland.
The venue was Dinas Powys and with the weather hot and dry, any precipitation would be beneficial to help “settle” the fast greens down.
That probably doesn’t make sense coming from Australia’s conditions, however the harder/firmer/dryer the greens get, the more challenging they are.
Our boys rallied hard all day and their comeback against Wales and Ireland respectively to win, especially after narrowly missing out to Namibia in round 1 places them well in their section, albeit with work to do.